We are really excited to welcome Lucy Wilcox to team GYC as our new Youth Participation Officer.
Hi Lucy – can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in Gloucester (I’m originally from Nottingham) and have a background in education and participation. I was a secondary school teacher for almost ten years and more recently delivered the participation programme at a classical music festival, working with schools and communities over three different counties.
What attracted you to apply for the role of Youth Participation Officer?
The organisation and the people it supports. Working with young people as part of a co-production is something I’m passionate about so when I saw the job, I jumped at the opportunity to apply!
Can you tell me a bit about the job role?
My role is really varied which I love. I work with young carers on a variety of different forums, ensuring young carers have a voice with which to influence services and policies which directly affect them and their families; I deliver the Caring Counts programme to young carers aged 11-16 in which we explore what it means to be a young carer alongside health and wellbeing; I work with schools to delivering training, assemblies and information events, as well as working with other organisations. The exciting thing about participation is that it’s always developing so I’m looking forward to being part of that at GYC.
What have you learned so far?
In the short time I’ve been here I’ve already learnt so much; I’m grateful to the team for facilitating this in being so supportive and welcoming. I’ve gained a deeper understanding of what it means to be a young carer and the different ways in which this can affect their lives through getting to know some of the young carers we work with. I’ve also talked with a lot of people from outside organisations including schools, so I’m learning how we can help schools to support young carers.
What are you looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to being part of the growth of Gloucestershire Young Carers, not only in participation but in the organisation as a whole; it’s a really exciting time to have joined. I’m also looking forward to meeting and working with more young carers throughout Gloucestershire.